Camp Lejeune: Bladder cancer claims

Camp Lejeune: Bladder cancer claims video

As the fourth most diagnosed cancer within the VA healthcare system, bladder cancer occurs in 3,200 veterans every year. The reason why bladder cancer is so prevalent among veterans is toxic exposure, which was very common on military bases such as Camp Lejeune during the last century. Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water at the military base was heavily contaminated with numerous harmful substances associated with a high bladder cancer risk, including trichloroethylene, and benzene. If you are a veteran struggling with bladder cancer, we encourage you to contact our experienced attorneys, as you might be entitled to financial compensation from the VA and the government.

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Exposure to trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, associated with a high risk of bladder cancer

Bladder cancer

The drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with two solvents that have a strong connection with bladder cancer – perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene.

While the former is a dry-cleaning solvent, the latter is a degreasing solvent. The perchloroethylene level at Camp Lejeune was 215 ppb when the safe exposure limit is 5 ppb. The trichloroethylene level at the military base was 1,400 ppb when the safe exposure limit is also 5 ppb.

The evidence for bladder cancer is not so much from the studies of deaths in Camp Lejeune veterans but from what can be found in the medical literature from workers exposed to perchloroethylene due to their employment in the dry-cleaning industry. There is an ongoing study on bladder cancer and other malignant diseases among Camp Lejeune veterans that will probably take a few more years to complete.

In the ATSDR Morbidity Study of Former Marines, Employees, and Dependents Potentially Exposed to Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune, the agency concluded that exposure to both trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene was associated with increased risk for bladder cancer in civilian employees.

It is essential to know that it can take up to 30 years after initial exposure to toxic chemicals before a condition such as bladder cancer starts developing. This is because the hazardous agents gradually accumulate in the body, which was the case of Camp Lejeune, where service members would regularly drink contaminated water and also cook with it. So, if you experience symptoms that might indicate bladder cancer, such as blood in the urine, lower back pain, and a frequent need to urinate, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention.

We can efficiently help you file your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim for bladder cancer

Since 1990, our attorneys have been dedicating their endeavors to assisting toxic exposure victims, among whom is a great number of veterans, to recover the financial compensation they deserve for their unjust suffering. Now, we are ready to do the same for you if you spent time at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and struggle with bladder cancer. All you have to do to find out whether you qualify to file a claim is send in your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

After a careful review of these documents, our legal team will determine whether you are entitled to compensation. Eligible veterans will have their claims filed as soon as possible, as we understand how financially draining struggling with bladder cancer can be. Our skilled attorneys will strive to obtain the best outcome for your case so that you can benefit from the largest sum of money you are eligible for. If you were stationed at other military bases and have bladder cancer, we might be able to help you.